May 15, 2014

Felicity Heaton: Hunger Blog Barrage - Book Review


Hunger, the latest book in Felicity Heaton’s vampire romance series, Vampires Realm, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a Blog tour and a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website.



Betrayed by one of her own and turned into a vampire, hunter Eve is consumed by her hunger for vengeance and has spent five years surviving hell, driven to take the life of the man she once loved. But just as she is about to close in on the hunter-turned-vampire, an event is set in motion that threatens to see him slip beyond her grasp forever—the leader of her bloodline has sent an escort to bring her to the family’s mansion. To a nest of the very creatures she once hunted and loathes.

A vampire assassin hardened by centuries of service, Tor is a man of discipline and loyalty, never straying from his mission or the rules set out for him, and has purged all his weaknesses, including his emotions.

But the moment he meets the broken, fiery female he is to escort to Oslo, something dangerous awakens in him, something possessive and powerful, and when he is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who betrayed her, Tor discovers he will do anything to protect the woman slowly claiming his heart and give her the vengeance she desires—even break all the rules.

Can Eve embrace her new vampire nature in order to have her revenge and find a reason to live again in Tor? Can Tor and Eve stop the man who betrayed her and the deaths of thousands of innocents? Or will he succeed in creating a new army of hybrid vampires who will rise up against the purebloods?


Title: Hunger
Author: Felicity Heaton
Series: Vampires Realm Romance Series #8
Length: Paperback, 223 pages
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
ISBN: 9781909306547

Hunger can be read out of order with the rest of the series and is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/hunger-vampire-romance-novel.php



Finally! We've return to this series!! Now, I love all of Felicity's series, even if there are books in them that I don't really like. My two favorites, though are Her Angel and VR. Because both are a PERFECT blend of Paranormal Romance AND Urban Fantasy. Plenty of romance, action, mystery, tension, adventure and solid character and world developments.  

Although Hunger can be read out of order with the rest of the series, I suggest you to start with at least Masquarade (book #7). I think it gives more information about this world, than Hunger does. Sadly we didn't see much about the fantastic world building and its rules in this book. But seriously, just read all! Worth it!

So Eve was a badass hunter. She hated and hunted vampires, had a great partner, but her last mission was fatal. At least that is what she thinks.

She's been betrayed, killed then came back to her personal hell. She became the very thing she hated. Only one thing keeps her going: revenge. Once she avanged herself, she's done with this world. Her sister and father (both vampires) are trying to make her see that being a vampire is not a bad thing, but all she sees in herself is a monster. Refuses to feed, to live with her clan. 


I love when the main characters think of themselves as bad/monster/anti-hero, especially when they were forced to become what they hated. If the character development is well done, it's always interesting to join them on a journey toward self-acceptance. Of course they can't do it alone, and usually a stranger can do what family and friends can't. Eve is not different. She's supposed to go live with her sister and her clan. There are only two problems with that. One, she wouldn't have a chance for revenge and two, living among vampires, especially as a royalty? That's just too much for her. So when her guard, Tor, sent by her sister agrees to give her what she wants, she's determined than ever. 

Tor is a vampire hunter vampire (I know, just let it sink in). He is cold, silent, lethal and takes his job very seriously. Meaning HOT! But he just can't resist Eve. He feels the need to protect her, mostly from herself and give her her revenge so she could move on. Their attraction was immediate, but their bonding was slow and steady. That's the thing about the relationships in the VR series. They're NEVER rushed. It takes time, game changing events for the characters to fall in love. And they earn each other's trust, it's never just a simple attraction. The characters don't change, they're staying true to themselves to the end, they're just learning. Same with Eve and Tor. Both learned how to trust and how to deal with their fears and learned to find a real reason to live.


Anyway, besides the personal issues and their love life, there is a serious subplot going on. Which I think could have got a bigger part. Wouldn't have mind if the book would have been longer, I wanted a little bit more focus on the issue. I mean they have to stop the weaklings (mixed bloodline) from gathering a hybrid army that could destroy the purebloods, and sometimes the book just completely ignores it. BUT it was a great conflict when it got a bit more focus. Besides this my only wish would have been to see Eve in more action. She fought great at the beginning, and a little in the middle, but that's it. She was a hunter, she should have been more active after she gained strength. But props for verbally beating the shit out of the egoist vampires! You go girl! Also great call to bring in some Law Keepers! I love to hate them, but I absolutely adored these guys! Half star just for them! I know there was one or two things that didn't really make sense to me at the time I was reading, but I can't really remember, so I guess nothing major there. 

My verdict is that Hunger is a great addition to the series, not the best book so far, but I enjoyed it, really liked the characters. It has interesting plots, fantastic character development and an inspiring romance. Quick and enjoyable read, so hell yeah I can recommend it! 




Find out how to enter the Hunger international giveaway (ends May 18th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 6 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/hunger-vampire-romance-novel.php


Felicity is hosting a Facebook release party for Hunger on May 18th, so join her then for amazing giveaways, Q&A, teasers and more. All the details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/230938143763069/


Books in the Vampires Realm paranormal romance series:


About Felicity Heaton:
Felicity Heaton is a USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
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May 3, 2014

Review ~ Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins



I think a third shower might be necessary


Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Title: Sweet Peril
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Length: Paperback, 371 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
ISBN13: 9780062265944
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10 Reasons why you should read Sweet Peril, if you liked Sweet Evil: 


#1 Kaidan. The son of the demon Duke of Lust has indeed less 'screentime' than in Sweet Evil but he's sexier and sweeter than ever! Now careful diaries, you may worship him, but only from a great distance for he is already taken! (Of course taken by ME... Anna is the past.). 
Bloody Hell! He's so hot the pages were sizzling!


#2 Adventures! A lot more going on than in the previous book. For example, we see places to where one would never go willingly, except if one has a serious masochism issue. More than once Anna and her minions find themselves in life-threatening positions.


#3 Kaidan! 







#4 Backstory. Higgins finally began turning on a certain light bulb and we see some things more clearly now. There is everything like in a carnival (we have that too); stories of various tragic past, a hopeful prophecy (though we already knew about this at the end of the first book but hey, at least we got confirmation, and it wa a good opportunity to bring in a ghostly messenger from Anna's past.) and we get a couple of juicy information about some of the nephilim.

#5 Kopano. This time He has more part, than in Sweet Evil, and turns out he's a lot more interesting than I first thought. The guy is the ├╝bersilent type but has a charisma that never lets us forget he is there even if he doesn't speak a word. He would be a worthy opponent to Kaidan in the battle for Anna's heart, if he had a real chance. Sweet, sexy, dangerous in his own way, and St. blender, Batman! He's a mix of the two best raw materials! I am convinced, so he's mine too!

#6 The Dukes. Yep, they are the ones we all love to hate. Well, they do not disappoint. Wherever they appear, there's bloodshed. Luckly our little rebels don't run into them at every step on the way, otherwise this would be a really short rebellion. However, we all can agree on one thing: They're a damn good conflict in the series. The readers - at least the heartless ones like myself - might even find themselves wishing for more scenes with the douche Dukes, nephilims be damned...


#7 Blake! Forgive me for bringing up another male character as a reason, but for this once it has nothing to do with my girlish enthusiasm. Namely, Blake is the joker on duty, causing some LOL moments in the midst of drama and tension. Thank you, Blake!



#8 New players! That's right, baby! Two new Nephilims are joining to Anna's little uprising. In addition, both are warrior types. Flynn and Zania, both very interesting characters, though Zania's hardness was broken by the end of the book but let's hope, she will recover. We'll light some candles for Flynn's soul.

#9 Anna. Her character has changed a lot since the last time we saw her and although she still has not reached the point where she joins my favorite female characters (still too much drama to that), but she's on the right path. She's ballsier and managed to grew a backbone. She can now kick some serious arse and could join a circus as a knife thrower. If only she would shave off a bit of her cooking obsession. Although at least I've got some good ideas for my weekend lunch.

#10 Stable bridge. No, It did not turn suddenly into an architectural tutorial book. I mean with Sweet Peril we can honestly say that we get a pretty fair transition between the first (set up) and third (showdown) volumes in the series.  It's not perfect, or extremely good, but easily beats the second books of most of the trilogies in this genre. It is a fast and easy read and slowly devoured me, Kaidan or not. Those who do not eagerly looking forward to the third book should be all named Pinocchio! 'Cuz they're obviously liars!





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